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The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith


“Alex-Li Tandem survives a bad name day, a bad trip and a raft of unlikely coincidences to discover celebrity has its price.” That sounds like a send-up to me… Nonetheless, despite my obvious cringe when Thin Potations gets into PC-kickback mode — I mean, what do you expect me to do? — I still follow his literary recommendations with respect, and you might recall his recommendation of White Teeth, Smith’s first novel, earlier this month. So I borrowed The Autograph Man (2002) just now from Surry Hills Library, along with:

  • Alan Spence, Its Colours They Are Fine (1977, pb 1997)
  • Ian Rankin, Let It Bleed (1995)
  • K M Soehnlein, The World of Normal Boys (2000)
  • Giles Milton, White Gold (2004) — “a treasure” according to that review
  • Stephen Bates, A Church at War: Anglicans and Homosexuality, to put John Shelby Spong in context. Spong’s autobiography, which I have just finished reading, certainly impressed me and much he says resonates strongly with me. I particularly note how Spong’s views did not drop from the sky but evolved as the result of particular encounters and experiences.

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